Howard County Snapshots

November 02, 2005

BOYS

SPORT CROSS COUNTRY

Travis Boccher, Wilde Lake

STATS -- The senior has burst on the scene in his first season running cross country for the Wildecats. After a fourth-place showing at the Howard County Invitational in his first race, Boccher went undefeated in regular-season meets, took first in the Meade Invitational and placed fifth in the Bull Run's medium school division to lead the Wildecats to a team win. Wilde Lake coach Whitty Bass said it's rare to see a first-year runner have so much success so soon. "He's just a great kid who has a terrific work ethic and loves to compete," Bass said.

SIDELINES -- Credit baseball for getting Boccher into running. Wanting to get primed for the baseball season last year, he ran indoor track. Boccher enjoyed it so much, he decided to run track in the spring as well. Next came cross country this season.

GIRLS

SPORT FIELD HOCKEY

Kelly Filipowicz, Long Reach

STATS -- The program's all-time leading scorer, she finished the regular season with 23 goals and eight assists as the Lightning took a 10-4 record into the postseason. As for her goal-scoring success, the senior forward is quick to credit her teammates for getting her the ball. In addition to playing field hockey, she is a shooting guard on the basketball team and plays shortstop in softball.

SIDELINES -- Filipowicz, who has a 3.0 grade point average, is the editor-in-chief of the school yearbook and she said the favorite part of the job was designing the cover. Last year, she worked on the yearbook as the sports editor. Among the colleges she is considering are Frostburg, Salisbury, Towson and UMBC, with interests in athletic training and education.

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